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tuula lahu joins us by phone from the capital city. good morning, what is the latest there? >> good morning, betty. the latest is that four protesters are now confirmed dead. the military has a very heavy police presence in the capital manana and authorities have told people to stay home as all major highways are now closed. >> how did these protests start? help us understand it and put it in perspective? and what do they want? what do these demonstrators want? >> well, there was actually a lot of suspect that this would happen over the years. there has been a lot of tension between the majority shia population in bahrain and the ruling minority the sunnis. what they started out seeking democratic reform. but after people were killed, their demands were increased, and now they're wanting regime change. they want the prime minister to resign. they want to be represented all people equally and they're
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demanding the release of political prisoners who have been arrested in previous protests. >> all right, tuula in bahrain joining us live by phone. thank you. another journalist covering events in the middle east got caught in the violence. abz correspondent miguel marquez was in bahrain in pearl square and was bitten by men with billy clubs. he was on the phone when it happened. >> get down. >> he said no. he said no! he said no! >> marquez was hit several times but not seriously injured. cbs news chief foreign affairs correspondent lara logan continues her recovery at her home in the washington area after she was brutally attacked friday while covering the revolt in egypt. on wednesday she received a call from president obama, who expressed his concern. cbs news has obtained exclusive pictures that are believed to have captured hosni mubarak's final moments in cairo
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last friday. they show a convoy of cars driving up to a presidential helicopter 90 minutes before it was announced he was stepping down as president of egypt. the figure was seen waving, and that's believed to be mubarak. now it's also believed that the choppers carrying his family out of cairo to the egyptian resort city of sharm el sheikh. also in to tell you about today in northern africa, anti-government protesters in libya are calling for a day of rage. libyan police clash with protester yesterday. plans for today's demonstrations were posted on social websites. demonstrators are demanding social reforms and political freedom. here at home, lawmakers in wisconsin are scheduled to vote on one of the nation's most aggressive anti-union proposals. affecting thousands of state employees. more than 10,000 opponents filled the state capitol wednesday. wisconsin was the first state to pass a collective bargaining law back in 1959. this legislation eliminates
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collective bargaining rights and makes public workers pay half the cost of their pensions. >> this is not about protecting our pay and our benefits, it is about protecting our rights to collectively bargain. >> the state's new republican governor scott walker says the state is at a point of financial crisis, and taxpayers need to be heard, as well. want to give you a follow-up now on bell, california, where officials allegedly looted the city's treasury. a judge has ordered the mayor and five past and present officials to stand trial. at a hearing yesterday the judge also ordered the defendants to stay away from bell's city hall. during the hearing, two city employees testified they helped falsify documents to hide officials' true salaries. president obama got help from house republican freshmen to cut the costliest weapons program in u.s. history. on wednesday, the house voted to cancel money for an alternative jet engine for the defense
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department's next generation warplane, the f-35. the engine project was behind schedule, and over the next three years it would have cost almost $3 billion. freshman u.s. senator scott brown of massachusetts has long been an advocate for victims of sexual abuse. and in a new book, brown explains why. he also discussed it with lesley stahl in an interview for "60 minutes." michael herzenberg has more now from washington. good morning, michael. >> reporter: good morning, betty. senator brown talks about his troubled childhood, and painful memories he says he'll never forget. it's a secret he's kept for almost 40 years. >> you were actually sexually abused. more than once. >> yeah. fortunately nothing was ever fully consummated, so to speak. but it was certainly back then traumatic. >> reporter: in an interview to air sunday night on 60 minutes, massachusetts senator scott brown admits he was sexually
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abused by a camp counselor when he was just 10 years old. >> he said if you tell anybody, i'll kill you. i will make sure that no one believes you. >> reporter: the bombshell revelation also appears in brown's new book "against all odds" out monday. in it he opens up about the physical abuse he suffered at the hands of his stepfather and says he even thought of buying his old home just so he could burn it down. brown, a republican, burst onto the national scene last year. his stunning win of the late ted kennedy's senate seat helped shift the balance of power in washington. the 51-year-old senator describes himself as being lost as a child, and says coming from a broken home made him more vulnerable to sexual predators. >> the thing that they have over you is they make you believe that no one will believe you. >> reporter: he never reported the sexual abuse and admits even his own mother didn't know. >> my mom will read about it for the first time. my wife has read about it. no, no one. i haven't told anybody. that's what happens when you're a victim. you're embarrassed.
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you're hurt. >> reporter: brown hopes coming forward with his story now will inspire others to overcome similar hardships. as a state lawmaker in massachusetts, brown worked on several bills relating to sexual abuse. one which closed loopholes in sex offender laws. back to you, betty. >> all right, michael herzenberg in washington. thank you for the live report. and a reminder, you can watch the entire interview with senator brown on "60 minutes" this sunday, at 7:00, 6:00 central right here on cbs. just ahead on the "morning news," say good-bye to the beloved uncle leo. plus the ultimate jeopardy champion is --. find out who won in the contest between man versus machine. first, though, katie couric has a preview of tonight's "cbs evening news." >> every 70 seconds someone in america develops alzheimer's. but now an ambitious new approach could prevent the disease before it takes hold. what is it? we'll explain tonight only on the "cbs evening news."
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take a look at this. planet earth was bombarded overnight by radiation and charged particles from the sun. all from the biggest solar flare seen in more than four years. the flare appears as a large white splat in ultraviolet images on the sun. such flares can disrupt communications and create dazzling displays of light in the sky. on the "cbs moneywatch" stocks in asia were mostly higher. ashley morrison is here in new york with that. good morning, ashley. >> and good morning to you, betty. asian markets rallied for a second straight day. japan's nikkei gained a fraction while hong kong's hang seng added half a percent. today wall street gets a look at the weekly jobless claim numbers. on wednesday stocks jumped after another round of strong corporate earnings. the dow gained 61 points while the nasdaq added 21. and a milestone for the s&p 500, the total value of that index has now doubled since hitting its low point in 2009, at the height of the financial crisis.
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a new forecast from the federal reserve sees the economy picking up steam, growing as much as 3.9% this year. that's a full point higher than last year. but the fed also sees unemployment hovering around 9%. the rest of this year, though it does predict it could fall as low as 7.5% in 2012. banks are pushing back against debit card reform. at a congressional hearing today, they're expected to ask lawmakers to either delay or repeal new laws cutting back on those fees that they can charge every time a card is swiped. banks now get an average of 1% to 2% of each debit card transaction, but new rules could cap their take at 12 cents per transaction, roughly a 70% reduction. banks warn that if the new laws are put into effect they'll be forced to scale back on consumer perks such as free checking accounts and debit card reward programs.
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well scoring cheap airfare for the summer might be a tall order. so far airlines are holding off on offering their deepest discounts for summer travel, or if they do offer them, they're available for a very short period of time. the faa predicts passengers will pay 2% more this year for domestic flights, and 5% more for international travel compared to 2010. and move over elvis, after just six songs make their debut today, the cast of fox tv's hit "glee" will hold the record for the most songs on the hot 100 billboard chart with 113. they've been able to fast-track their way thanks to the digital release of songs following each new episode. and they've only been on the air for about two years, betty. that's amazing. >> that's incredible. the show is great, though. i like it. don't tell anyone. all right, ashley morrison joining us live here in new york. thank you, ashley. now to the battle of man versus machine. on the game show "jeopardy!" after three days of competition, the ibm supercomputer named
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watson easily beat two human competitors. the final question was about the author of dracula. former champion ken jennings got the right answer while accepting defeat with good humor. >> bram stoker is what we're looking for. and we find who is stoker. i, for one, welcome our new computer. >> one computer expert calls watson the most significant breakthrough yet in artificial intelligence. well, actor len lester, best known for his scene-stealing role as uncle leo in the sitcom "seinfeld" has died. fans will remember uncle leo's signature greeting. >> jerry! hello! >> hello, uncle leo! >> over his long career, lester worked in many tv comedies from "get smart" to "everybody loves raymond" and in several major films. len lester died of cancer-related pneumonia in burbank, california. he was 88 years old.
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northern plains. there are clear skies from the southern plains into the southeast. and the northeast is seeing patchy clouds. later today, though, heavy snow and blowing winds will impact sections of utah and colorado, as the storm system moves across the rocky mountains and enters the northern plains. light showers and patchy fog will spread from the great lakes toward the central plains. the southern plains, though, will feel springlike and the northeast will also get some warm temperatures. in sports, defending nba champion lakers lost to the worst team in the league. j.j. hickson put cleveland ahead as the cavaliers shocked los angeles 104-99. just last week, cleveland set a new nba record with 26 straight defeats. in overtime, prince of detroit caught an air ball and then dunked it. prince had 25 points for the pistons in the victory over the pacers, as they head into the nba all-star break. in college basketball, two upsets of top-ranked teams.
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kendall walker of connecticut had 31 points to help beat number 9 georgetown. uconn's 78-70 win breaks an eight-game win streak for georgetown. and moore scored 19 as number 11 purdue defeated number 10 wisconsin. purdue's 70-62 win gives them sole possession of second place in the big ten, behind ohio state. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories. and baldness breakthrough. scientists stumble on a possible way to regrow hair. that used to make me sneeze...n my eyes water. but now zyrtec®, the fastest 24-hour allergy relief, comes in a liquid gel. zyrtec® liquid gels work fast, so i can love the air®.
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winter weather isn't over yet.. when the real downpour will start today. plus.. a bay area drug cop.. on the other side of the law. how he's accused of cashing in on the drugs he should have been keeping off the streets. ahead of schedule. work on the new bay bridge span takes a step forward.. the detours you'll need to know about. and president obama's meets with bay area heavyweights.. a sneak peak at the guest list.
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join us for cbs 5 early edition ... beginning at 4:30. ,,,, on the "cbs morning news" here is a look at today's weather. wet and wild conditions are impacting much of the west. record-breaking temperatures could be popping up from new mexico to missouri. and colder air is coming down into the mountain areas.
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here's another look at this morning's top stories. security forces crack down on anti-government protesters in bahrain. police used tear gas and shot rubber bullets. opposition leaders say at least four people were killed. and massachusetts senator scott brown reveals he was sexually abused as a child by a camp counselor. brown also tells "60 minutes" he was physically abused by his stepfather. scientists are reporting a possible breakthrough in the search for a cure for baldness. it came from a stress study by researchers at ucla which didn't involve balding humans but hairless lab mice. the mice were given a stress-blocking chemical and almost all of them grew back their hair. one researcher called it quote, a very dramatic effect that might work for people. well, we all know that sugary soft drinks can be bad for your waistline. now there may be another reason to stop drinking cola. a group says the coloring may cause cancer. randall pinkston reports.
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>> reporter: cola is one of the most popular sodas in the country. >> tons of people drink it. >> reporter: but the center for science in the public interest has a warning that might kill your craving. it says the chemicals in the artificial caramel coloring can cause cancer and is calling for a government ban. >> unfortunately, at least two of them cause cancer in laboratory animals. and we have to assume they cause cancer in humans, as well. >> reporter: according to the center the caramel color becomes dangerous when it's mixed with ammonia and sulphites at high temperatures, which is how colas are made. the food coloring doesn't actually affect the taste of the soda. it's purely cosmetic. the question is, will clear cola be as popular as this? >> there's no reason to accept any chemical that causes cancer in our food supply. >> reporter: but the beverage industry argues the claims are not based on sound science, and are unnecessarily raising the fears of consumers. even the center for science in the public interest acknowledges the cancer risk is small.
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>> if you're consuming a reasonable amount of these sodas, you're actually getting very small amounts of these chemicals, and i don't think there's any real danger. >> reporter: people we talked to aren't changing their drinking habits. >> i'm pretty sure everything has chemicals that cause cancer for a person in like the future. >> reporter: california's already calling for warning labels on products that contain the carcinogen found in the caramel coloring. randall pinkston, cbs news, new york. this morning on "the early show," new details on the royal wedding of prince william and kate middleton. i'm betty nguyen. this is the "cbs morning news." it's the sears presidents day mattress spectacular.
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borders, the nation's second-largest bookstore chain is hoping to reorganize after filing for bankruptcy. borders will close 200 of its more than 600 stores. the company is losing about $2 million a day at the stores that it will close, and 6,000 jobs are in jeopardy.
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well, borders fell victim to fast-moving technology and consumer habits. it lost sales to internet retailers. and then borders got hit hard by the rise of the ebook. anthony mason reports. >> reporter: at printing presses like this one in pennsylvania, the ebook is the enemy. >> ebooks this year affected our business maybe 8%, 10%. >> reporter: dave lee says his company is printing 50 million fewer books a year here, as the prices of ereaders have plummeted, ebook sales have taken off. >> i enjoy just having the whole library in my knapsack. >> reporter: amazon says on its website sales of digital books have surfaced sales of hardcovers and paperbacks. ebooks still account for only 9% of overall book sales but a recent survey of publishing executives predicts that within just three years half of all book sales will be ebooks. >> it's been much more like a
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tsunami than like an evolution. >> reporter: these are all your authors? after 40 years in print publishing, jane friedman has started an all-digital company. >> the ebook is the center of the universe. the ebook is what it's all about. >> reporter: an open road media is growing fast. how many ebooks you putting out a year? >> we did 420 this year. and we will do 2,000 next year. >> reporter: friedman believes ebooks cater to a new demand for convenience. >> i think that if you're on an airplane and you're reading a story about -- you're reading a feature about an author and you are one click away to then purchase that author's book, that's the best of all possible worlds. >> reporter: but for bookstores -- what do you think? >> it's disastrous. >> reporter: otto pensler owns new york's mysterious book shop which specialized in autographed mysteries and also publishes limited editions. >> that's kept us alive. for the last four or five years. >> reporter: but pensler who sells whodunits knows he's being stalked by a killer. >> every time somebody buys a
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kindle or a nook or a sony reader or whatever, it's another nail in the coffin of independent bookshops, including mine. >> reporter: said one store manager, it's akin to having a buggy whip factory in the era of henry ford. you can do it, but the writing is on the wall. or in this case, the screen. anthony mason, cbs news, new york. well, coming up a little bit later on "the early show," a live update on the growing unrest in the middle east and the violent crackdowns against demonstrators. also sticker shock at the pump as gas prices reach a two-year high. we'll see what is driving up the cost to fill up. and straight from london the latest gossip over the royal wedding of prince william and kate middleton. that's the "cbs morning news" for this thursday. thanks for watching, everybody. i'm betty nguyen. have a great day. ,,,,,,
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your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. caption colorado, l.l.c. good morning. we are looking at more rain, wind, lightning, hail, even snow in the bay area. it's going to be a wild day. we'll talk about that coming up. and now you got to get to work and drive in it. we have wind advisories in
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effect across the bay area. we'll show you your traffic hot spots coming up. >> construction and detours, what it could mean for your commute. he is supposed to be busting criminals but this morning, he is behind bars what landed this bay area drug cop on the other side of the law. good morning, it is thursday, the 17th of february. i'm sydnie kohara. >> i'm frank mallicoat. it's 4:30, nice and early, if you haven't gone outside, we have a little lightning and rain. a mixed bag. >> it's a smorgasbord of weather here in the bay area today. we have a little bit of everything folks. a little lightning coming in today and you have pocket of moderate to heavy amounts of rain showing up in the bay area. now, we are going to watch this intensify as we head through the morning so as


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